Name: Jessica Pate
Hometown: Holmes Beach, FL
Major: Sociology and communication studies
Expected Graduation: 2013
Clubs & Organizations:
  • Varsity cross country/track and field
  • Student director, Athletes for Africa
  • VP of Scholarship, Panhellenic Council
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Student Conduct Board
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Meet Jessica

As an intern with the American Leprosy Mission, I had an opportunity to help my colleagues plan a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our organization is taking a few donors and board members to do site visits with people affected by leprosy. They'll be going to hospitals, churches, and visiting some of the children we work closely with. For me, it's rewarding to be a part of something that can make such a significant difference.

My internship: American Leprosy Mission

  • Day-to-day duties:
    • I'm in the same office as the community outreach and volunteer coordinator and I do a lot with her. I write grant proposals and monitor Google alerts and social media. I'm also helping with special events, organizing volunteers, and designing materials for events.

  • Most rewarding aspect:
    • Learning what each person in the organization does and how it all fits together makes a difference. Coming into the internship, I didn't understand how there could be so many jobs to keep the organization going, but I've gotten to interview each person to figure out how it works.

Helpful tips

  • Applying:
    • Ask others to read your cover letters. If you can't answer the question "why do you want this internship?" passionately, then you should look for a different one. You're going to spend a lot of time at the internship. So if you don't like it, it's not the right fit.

  • On the job:
    • Recognize the opportunities that internship presents. Try to learn as much as you can and don't be afraid to get more involved.

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